Archive | October 2015

The Quest to Tidy: When Friends Tidy Too

I’m not quite ready to dive back into this project, but I’m getting close. I’m starting to feel the urge to drag out more boxes and search more cabinets and get more done. Taking a creative break has been a beautiful thing… both for creative pursuits and for keeping me from getting completely burnt out on this project.

I’ve been sharing this project with friends and family outside of the blog too. I’ve told them the bits that I’ve liked and didn’t like, and encouraged them to read the book and see if any bit of it might apply to them, helping them create a tidier household. It’s not so much about the mess, but the peace that comes when the mess is gone.

One of my friends recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and tore into her own apartment with gusto. When she finished going through her books, she had four boxes of things to give away. One went with her to work, to let her clients pick through them. The other three came home with me. Continue reading


Writing Words That Matter and Being Proud of Your Writing

You never know how, when, or to whom your words may be important.

A little over two months ago, I wrote a post I called “I Remember, I Remember Everything”. The title came from song lyrics for the band Kill Hannah, which is disbanding this December. It was something cathartic that I felt driven to write when I had unexpectedly strong emotion over the news.

It resonated with a few people. And then it slowly faded away, like everything on the internet.

Until earlier this month, when I received a reply to a Facebook message I had completely forgotten I’d sent. Two months ago, I had sent Mat Devine (lead singer of Kill Hannah) a link to the blog on the off-chance he might one day see it and read. After all, it was him I was thanking for everything. And it was Mat who replied to me, saying he had read it, that he appreciated it, and asking permission to share on Facebook with all of Kill Hannah’s fans. I blushed all over myself, and then I said yes. Continue reading